Traditional Scouting for Everyone!

The 69th Rangers are proud to serve as the intermountain-west Baden-Powell Service Association (BPSA) scout group. Founded in 2006, the BPSA has grown to be the largest traditional scouting group in the United States. In the 69th Rangers four scouting sections are open to boys and girls, men and women and all focus on a traditional, open and inclusive, outdoor program. We welcome everyone, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion (or no-religion) or other differentiating factors. Our mission is to provide a positive learning environment within the context of democratic participation and social justice. We foster the development of scouts in an environment of mutual respect and cooperation.

Scouting is an outdoor movement and that is part of its character. Historically, the appeal of scouting has always been to that element of the vagabond, pioneer and explorer which is part of our nature, and is at its most evident in youth. BPSA retains scouting’s original focus on this aspect of the program; and encourages our scouts, parents and volunteers to plan programs that take advantage of being out of doors, whenever and wherever possible, even here in rainy Cascadia.

About the Baden-Powell Service Association

bpsalogofullsizeallBPSA follows the original principles and practices of scouting laid down by Robert Baden-Powell in 1907, which had been developed and refined in Scout and Guide Associations around the world for over 99 years. Our belief is that scouting’s original program remains universal, relevant, and adaptable. In Traditional Scouting, changes  are primarily for advances in a) health and safety practices, b) environmental concerns, and c) lightweight camping technologies.

WFISOur aim thus remains the same as when scouting was founded: to promote good citizenship, discipline, self-reliance, loyalty, and useful skills. BPSA is totally independent of, and not affiliated with, the Boys Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts of the USA. We are members of the World Federation of Independent Scouts (WFIS); and as such are not in competition with other American scouting associations, we are only their brothers and sisters. BPSA-US work closely with the Baden-Powell Scouts’ Association of England and the Baden-Powell Service Association in Canada.

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BPSA is a volunteer-led organization with no paid staff. This approach keeps the focus on the scouting program and helps keep costs down to a minimum. Training handbooks are available, along with support material. A range of international opportunities exist for our members through the World Federation of Independent Scouts.

Visit BPSA-US for more info and resources on the BPSA program.

2 thoughts on “Traditional Scouting for Everyone!

  1. I’ve been a member of BSA for literally a couple decades now and being affiliated with the military, have had the opportunity to live in several countries and see that “our way” is not necessarily always the “best way.” I often wonder if others had the same opportunity if perhaps they might come to some of the same conclusions. Well I’m optimistic I’m also a realist and experience has shown that it’s difficult to open and closed mind. This entire time I’ve been completely unaware of your organization’s existence. But I have to tell you that upon discovering the 69th ranger BPSA, I find it very uplifting as I read about your program. With so much negativity surrounding a lot of the almost simplistic discussion regarding the concept of a coed BSA, let alone some of the over-arching gender bias and LGBT issues within our society, it really warms my heart to know that an organization like yours exists. Thank you for the positive message and support you offer to truly everyone that would like to be involved with scouting.

  2. D. Turner – thank you for your comments. As the Group Scoutmaster of the 69th Rangers it has been such a pleasure opening the Scouting Game to all wanting to come play. When I was in the service, our units were fully integrated. I couldn’t understand why this wasn’t also a “thing” with scouting. Luckily, with the BPSA we’ve found a program that is intentional in including everyone. I hope you find a unit near you! Remember: scouting is fun for kids AND adults. With adult Rover Scouting the adventure never ends.

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